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Green Coffee - Tanzania Highland Peaberry

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Tanzania's coffee history dates back to the 1600s, likely introduced by the Haya people from Ethiopia. Initially, it was chewed as a stimulant. Arabica may have arrived later from Réunion. German priests introduced coffee cultivation to the Chagga tribesmen in the late 19th century. The British further expanded coffee planting during their rule, especially under Harold R. Higgins.

The Tanzania Kibo Chagga gained attention post-World War II, and in the US, the Peaberry style and David Robinson's Sweet Unity Farm brand contributed to Tanzania's coffee reputation. However, climate change has impacted crop size, and market conditions have lowered crop values, affecting farm incomes. Tanzania's 450,000 coffee-growing families face challenges, including the degradation of the Kilimanjaro name in Japan.

Arabicas are grown on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, and other regions, each named after local towns like Moshi, Arusha, Mbeya, and Songea. The Japanese labeling practice allows Tanzanian coffee with only 30% beans to be labeled "Kilimanjaro coffee," impacting the name's authenticity.

Tanzania uses the British grading scale, with AA as the highest grade. Peaberry (PB) coffee, a mutation with intense flavor, is separated and sold as a deluxe grade. Despite challenges, Tanzania produced 1.3 million bags in the 2018-19 season.

We recommend a darkish, but not black roast. (Agtron: #35-40) – DNS, coffeeman

Following the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA 2011) and the recommendation of Green Coffee Association Inc (GCA) Gillies is now labeling all green coffee products with the following guidance:

FOR FURTHER PREPARATION ONLY Green Coffee Should Be Roasted Prior to Use as a Food Ingredient

In addition we offer the following FOOD SAFETY GUIDANCE: This product has not been processed to control microbial pathogens, physical or chemical hazards, or toxins that might be present. Green coffee is a raw agricultural product requiring further processing prior to consumption.


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